This Month at the Clubs – June 2016


Atomic Blast – Blast Off!


Atomic Blast 2016 began with a BLAST on Monday, June 6!  Kids ages 5 – 12 in our six area Clubs are participating in math, science and reading activities that foster a love for education in a fun and challenging way. Students can lose 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in computation skills over the summer. The Clubs help to prevent summer learning loss in a fun and safe environment with caring adults.

Our Club staff deserve a BIG round of applause for the hard work they put in to make Atomic Blast a success. Click here to watch a short video of the activities our members participated in on their first day:

Atomic Blast will run from June 6th – August 5th.

College Field Trip to Missouri State University


22 Club teens had the opportunity to participate in an overnight college visit to Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.  During their time there, they were able to experience campus life through a variety of activities planned just for them.  From eating breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cafeteria with actual MSU students, to experiencing dorm life and what it’s like to have a roommate; this was a first for them all.  (And, it wouldn’t have been a “real” college experience without staying up until 3:00am – which they actually did!)

Our teens had an amazing time and are eager to do it again soon.  We are all very thankful to Missouri State University, and our very own Board Member, Mr. Greg Spears for the opportunity to experience college life in that manner.  It truly wouldn’t have been possible without him.

Thornberry Unit Pool Rededication


Thanks to a few caring Club friends including Summit Custom Homes, NASB – North American Savings Bank, The Rob Ellerman Team, Sunderland Foundation and Bonnie and Herb Buchbinder, Thornberry Club members once again have access to a safe place to swim, learn aquatics skills and water safety.

Toes were wiggling, a little splash was thrown here and there as Club members anxiously awaited for the go signal to jump in during the Thornberry Pool Rededication ceremony on June 20.  Club member Sania C., took the first dive and did a butterfly stroke on the deep end. Sixteen other Club members eagerly followed Sania into the pool. Click here to view a video from the event.

2nd Annual SportsFest Luncheon


Buy Your Tickets Today for the 2016 SportsFest Luncheon!


The SportsFest Luncheon is a unique opportunity to hear from a legendary sports figure – this year, Heisman Trophy-winning, professional football player, Olympic bobsledder, sprinter & mixed martial artist, Herschel Walker. Enjoy lunch, silent auction and a conversation with Walker, all while raising funds for Kansas City’s kids.  Dress is casual, and every guest will receive a ticket to the 1:10 pm Kansas City Royals game vs. the Cleveland Indians. It promises to be a great day!

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20 

10:00 AM –  Mix / Mingle with Chiefs & Royals alumni, mascots & cheerleaders; Silent Auction

11:15 AM – Luncheon featuring Herschel Walker interview with 610 Sports Radio hosts

Danny Parkins & Carrington Harrison

12:45 PM – Depart for the “K” for Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians

WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium – North Club

Research has shown that children dedicated to sports are less likely to use drugs, and more likely to make better health choices.

Your support will help ensure at least 1,000 urban youth have daily access to sports programming that will have immediate impact on their physical and mental well-being, as well as long-term impact on their understanding of teamwork, discipline, and responsibility.

Triple Play Lead the Way Event Kicks off in Kansas City


On a toasty Monday at Heathwood Park near the Wyandotte County Unit, about 220 Club kids gathered to exercise their minds, bodies and souls as part of BGCA’s Triple Play Lead the Way event.

With more than 3 out of 10 young people considered obese or overweight, early education and active programming for youth is more critical than ever for a healthier tomorrow. In addition to that, the obesity rate of Kansas City children increases from 11 percent of children ages 2-11, to 15 percent when they reach ages 12-19 – showing an increased likelihood of becoming obese adults.

On June 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Club kids participated in activities such as an obstacle course, boot camp, water challenge, giant Jenga and Connect Four games, as well as yoga, trust and teamwork exercises to engage the mind, body and soul.

Kansas City was the first stop in a 10-city tour that leads up to the national Triple Play Day on July 14.   Triple Play Day has a collective goal of one million minutes of activity among Club kids across the country.

RBI Fan Appreciation Day

Check presentation from Royals Charities

RBI Fan Appreciation Day was held at Cleveland Park on Saturday, May 21. If you were there,then you had a front row seat to some of the most gut busting laughs, crowd roaring cheers and overall feelings of excitement and good times.

RBI players, Jo Anne Gabbert with BGCGKC Corporate Board, Bob Kendrick with Negro Leagues Museum,Meredith Smith Neal with UMKC, Cynthia Newsome with KSHB, Carla Wilson with UMKC and our very own Dave Smith and Martin Schwarzenberger, took a step up to the plate to take a shot at winning the First Annual Home Run Hitting Contest.

The amateur team “The Cat Suit Guys Crew”, John Stoner and Paul Long, took home the crown in extra innings with an assist from RBI player Michael Renders from the 12U Angels.

To top off the day, Royals Charities presented RBI with a check for $25,000 in support of the 2016 RBI League.

Sponsors Spotlight


Thank you to Old Navy for their great support and involvement. Old Navy sponsors Summer Brain Gain, a component of our Atomic Blast program in all six of our Club units across the metro. Along with financial support, Old Navy team members volunteer in the Clubs, assisting with the facilitation of program modules. Our teen members will also have the opportunity to spend a day in Old Navy stores across the metro in a job shadow experience.

Additionally, Old Navy members engage in volunteerism throughout the year at special events and helping our members prepare for post-secondary opportunities through resume building, mock interviews and an array of other activities.